Royal Akarana Yacht Club COVID-19 Update

Alert Level 3

Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Dear Members & the Akarana Community,

I was hoping that I would not have to write to you again advising of the closure of the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, the Akarana Eatery and all activities of Royal Akarana Yacht Club. However, with the Government’s announcement of Auckland moving up to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 we have closed the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre including Akarana Eatery, and all Club activity including the Academy in line with the Alert Level restrictions.

Hopefully these restrictions will be lifted in the near future and we will be able to resume operations. However, we have prepared for a longer period of disruption in case that is required.

All staff are working from home and the Hyundai Marine Sport Centre and ASC buildings are not accessible at this time.

We will continue to update you regarding Club and Hyundai Marine Sports Centre operations as we are advised of any further information or change to the Covid-19 Levels.

In the meantime please follow the advice of health professionals and the Government so that we can collectively get back together on the water and around the Club in the shortest time possible.

You can find additional information regarding Alert Level 3 on the Covid-19 website at, at Sport NZ, and at Yachting New Zealand

“You can’t change the weather but you can adjust your sails”, we have been here before and we will get through this together.

Matt Woodley

Royal Akarana Yacht Club COVID-19 Update

It’s time to close the hatches

Monday 23rd March 2020

Dear Members & the Akarana Community,

Dear Members and the Akarana Community,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Hyundai Marine Sports Centre and the Akarana Eatery will be closed from today, Monday 23rd March, until further notice.

At every AGM which I have chaired in my role as Commodore I have commented that Royal Akarana Yacht Club is not a building but a community of fantastic like-minded people.

It is you who make RAYC special, and it’s us who make up the strong and resilient community of Royal Akarana Yacht Club.

We are part of a community which has been in existence for 125 years and we will be for at least the next 125 years to come.

As a community we need to band together to support each other and especially those who are vulnerable or in need of support at this time.  We are blessed to have a large, resourceful and resilient membership.  I encourage you to let that shine.

We will continue to be active online and we will communicate and engage through our regular email updates, our website, Facebook and Instagramchannels.

For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus, and how you can protect yourself and your family, please visit the official government website –

Thank you for your support and understanding.  Together we will get through this, and I look forward to seeing you the water again soon.

Stay well.  Look after each other. Check in on your family and friends by way of phone calls, or video chats. There are plenty of ways to keep in contact during this time.


Matt Woodley

Royal Akarana Yacht Club COVID-19 Update

Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear Members & the Akarana Community,

Over the past week your dedicated team of volunteer General Committee members have continued to monitor the rapidly developing situation with regards to COVID-19 including Ministry of Health guidelines and associated sports & yachting affiliation decisions to cancel group sporting activities and sailing events across both New Zealand & Australia.

We are facing unprecedented times like we have never faced before with the COVID-19 pandemic and as a community facility we have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent the community wide spread of this virus.

In addition the economic impact of this situation will affect all of us as a society and RAYC is not immune to this.  We have already seen our operations impacted by decreased visitation, participation in our sailing programmes and cancellation of planned events impacting on our revenue streams.

As a result, combined with the heightened risk of community spread, we have made the decision to finish the summer season earlier than originally planned, and to suspend club racing, Thursday night racing, organised regattas/events and the Akarana sailing academy activities effective immediately until further notice.

Right now, more than ever, it’s our members and volunteers who will keep the club alive. Based on this, the General Committee will make available to members, classes and associations the club assets used to conduct racing on a user pays basis. If your class or association wants to get on the water, please just let us know and we will work to assist in making that happen for you. Being on the water is good for our soul and our overall mental wellbeing.

The thing to remember, is that our club has  a proud 125 year history, and will continue to flourish for the next 125 years, by us all continuing to work together to get through this unprecedented period. RAYC has survived two world wars and numerous economic downturns, and we know that we will weather this storm also with your help and support.

The RAYC community is a family, and over the last 30 years, we have shown each other, and the world, that we can band together and achieve great things. The opening of the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre was proof that we can defy odds, and make things happen.  As Commodore of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, I feel very privileged to have the calibre of people we have on the General Committee, who want nothing more than to see the club flourish into the future.  At this time, we firmly believe we are making the correct decisions for the future of our club and for our community.

For more details on which events and academy classes are affected, please visit our website –

For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus, and how you can protect yourself and your family, please visit the official government website –

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you on the water again soon.


Matt Woodley

Cancellations – Sailing

Laser Twilight Series 
  • 19 March
  • 29 March
Women’s Twilight Series
  • 19 March
  • 2 April
RS Feva Traveller Series
  • 21-22 March
49er National Championship
  • 27-29 March
The Tuesday Club
  • 31 March
  • 28 April
Flying Dutchman National Championship
  • 3-5 April
M-Class Logan
  • 4 April
    (subject to class decision)
Akarana Series
  • 19 April

Cancellations – Academy

  • All scheduled school holiday programs have been cancelled
  • Term 2 Classes have been cancelled


Building Tours

  • Scheduled to start 24 April – Postponed

New Members Night

  • Scheduled for 2 April – Postponed

Auckland Sailing Club Working Bee

  • Scheduled for 5 April – Postponed